Royal Mitchell competed in track and field at Spartanburg High School, and has gone on to participate in three Paralympic Games, most recently in Beijing. He has earned numerous awards in track and field, including a gold medal at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Mitchell first became involved in track when he met track coach Jack Todd at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind. It was quickly discovered that Mitchell was a natural sprinter who would go on to be a gold medalist in the 400m at the Sydney Paralympic Games.
- 2008: U.S. Paralympic Team member, Track & Field - Paralympic Games, Beijing, China
- 2007: Gold medal, 400m; Silver medal, 100m; Bronze medal, 200m - Para Pan American Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- 2005: Gold medal, 400m; Silver medal, 100m - IPC Open European Championships, Espoo, Finland
- 2004: Gold medal, 400m - Paralympic Games, Athens, Greece
- 2003: Gold medal, 200m; Bronze medal, 100m - IBSA World Championships, Quebec, Canada
- 2002: Bronze medal, 400m - IPC World Championships, Lille, France
- 2000: Gold medal, 400m - Paralympic Games, Sydney, Australia